Term’s back in session. Everyone’s returned from their holidays at work. The guy in the corner shop gives you weird looks when you buy ice cream. September has officially arrived, and October’s not far behind – but before you write off the whole of autumn, find the time to savour it a little. Not just because of the brightly coloured leaves, but also because there are some real gems about to bid farewell from Amazon Prime Video that you may never see again.
From LEGO to time-travelling cults, this is your last chance to stream the following on Amazon Prime Video:
Ironclad – 20th September
This indie Brit hack-and-slash flick is a wonderfully hammy affair, with a cast that includes Paul Giamatti and Brian Cox. They slice each other up during a medieval siege with impressive special effects and a rompingly fast pace. Helm’s cheap? Hell yes.
Sound of My Voice – 25th September
If you liked The OA, don’t miss this superb indie sci-fi from director Zal Batmanglij and star Brit Marling, which follows a documentary filmmaker (Christopher Denham) trying to find out what he can about an underground movement led by Maggie (Marling). She’s from the future. Or at least, she says she is.
The LEGO Movie – 26th September
A laugh-out-loud anti-capitalist satire created to advertise a capitalist giant’s child-friendly toy? Somehow, The LEGO Movie works. Is it Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s anarchic sense of humour (see 22 Jump Street)? Chris Pratt and the rest of the excellent voice cast’s comic timing? The non-stop fascination of watching tiny bricks come together? Or is it the toe-tapping soundtrack? Either way, everything about this really is awesome.
Shaun the Sheep: The Movie – 30th September
Is there an institution more British than Aardman? The animation studio bring their stop-motion sheep (first seen in Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave) to the big screen, as he takes the herd of whimsical woollies to the big city to find their farmer. This isn’t a cynical cash-in, though: there isn’t a cynical bone in Aardman’s body. Told in almost silence, this is a charming slice of perfectly executed slapstick.
Inception – 4th October
Christopher Nolan’s mind-blowing sci-fi literally folds Paris in on itself to achieve the director’s ambitious, imaginative aims: to dissect dreams, reality and memories within the constraints of a mainstream blockbuster. The form struggles at times to keep hold of the content – and that’s exactly the point. If you’ve never seen it, here’s your chance. If you already have, see it again.
Interview with the Vampire – 4th October
Neil Jordan’s seminal vampire flick, based on Anne Rice’s novel, sees Louis (Brad Pitt) tell the story of how he got his fans to an eager biographer (Christian Slater, from the death of his family in the 18th century to his life-changing meeting with Lestat (Tom Cruise).
Brighton Rock (1947) – 7th October
Richard Attenborough as violent gang leader Pinkie is only one of many reasons to see John Boulting’s 1947 adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel. A stone cold classic.
Where the Wild Things Are – 11th October
It’s hard to know what Warner Bros. were expecting when they hired Spike Jonze to adapt Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, but what they got was less a kids’ movie and more a mature study of childhood, complete with strong adult cast (Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini), stunning visuals and lots of furry beasts. Adorable, endearing and breathtakingly moving.
Splice – 13th October
We’ve all been there. Created our own species by splicing together random genes. Created our own species and then introduced some human DNA just for kicks. Created our own species with human DNA and then raised the creature in secret. Created our own human-derived species and raised it in secret before developing a warped psycho-sexual relationship with it. We’ve all been there. If you haven’t been there, get ready to see some weird stuff. Vincenzo Natalie’s sci-fi creep-out, starring Adrien Brody, is wonderfully disturbing.
Other titles leaving Amazon Prime Video UK in September / October 2017:
National Lampoon’s Vacation
The Emperor’s New Clothes
27 Sep 2017
Any Given Sunday
Sex and the City 2
Something’s Gotta Give
American History X
Last Man Standing
Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map!2013
Cowgirls; Season 1
V for Vendetta
Winx Club: Season 1 to 5
The Hangover Part II
Coco Before Chanel
Hostages: Season 1
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Copper: Season 1 and 2